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Valrhona: Chocolate Creativity

October 28 2014

Among the world of chocolatiers and pastry chefs, French chocolate company Valrhona is both widely used and well-respected.  “Valrhona is one of those high-quality brands which you can trust to deliver consistent quality,” says Benoit Blin, Head Pastry chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. “You know as a pastry chef that you will have an interesting ingredient to work with and an easy ingredient to work with.” Chocolatier and pastry […]

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A Chocolate Education

October 14 2014

Martin Christy  is a man with a mission. In fact, several missions. All to do with chocolate and enhancing our knowledge of chocolate. An influential and well-respected figure in the world of chocolate, Martin Christy’s personal fascination with chocolate saw him setting up an early chocolate website – the widely-read seventypercent – and co-founding the International Chocolate Awards. Among his several chocolate-related projects, is the recent setting up of the […]

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Preview: Chocolate Week 2014

October 9 2014

The Chocolate Show at Olympia Yes, it’s that time of year again, when chocolate is celebrated across the UK in enjoyable style with Chocolate Week (13-19 October). On the menu are demonstrations of chocolate making and using by talented chocolatiers and pastry chefs, talks and, of course, numerous tastings! Among the highlights of the week is the Academy of Chocolate’s Conference, a ticketed all-day event which takes place on Thursday […]

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Historic Goddards stately home to mark Chocolate Week in style

October 9 2014

Goddards in York – Photo: North News & Pictures / Chris Ratcliffe A HISTORIC property in York is marking Chocolate Week with a number of chocolately events. Goddards – the Grade I-listed former home of Noel Goddard Terry – will have chocolate talks, chocolate tastings and the chance to design your own Terry’s chocolate box.  There will also be chocolate trails around the impressive property which at one time served […]

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The Charms of Chocolate Ice Cream

August 15 2014

In the warm summer months ice cream takes on a special appeal, and for chocolate-lovers, of course, there is chocolate ice cream and chocolate sorbet to turn to . . . Chocolate and ice cream combine two treats together, but what are the culinary challenges involved? To get an insight into the process of working with chocolate to make ice cream, Chocolatier.co.uk talked to both a noted chocolatier, Damian Allsop, […]

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Chantal Coady awarded an OBE

July 31 2014

The announcement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 that ‘Ms Chantal Jane Coady, Chocolatier’  was to be awarded an OBE ‘For services to Chocolate Making’ marks a significant moment in the British chocolate scene. It is, as James Booth, Chantal’s husband and MD of Rococo Chocolates, the chocolate company Chantal founded in 1983, observes “a coming of age”.  Those who’ve watched the rise of Britain’s quality chocolate […]

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